• Pink flowers blossom in the garden of a white two-room cottage.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Experience Living History at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Living history volunteers in 19th century dress dancing to a fiddler.
Living History interpreters at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association

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Date: May 22, 2007
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855
Contact: Stacy Diemer, (319) 643-5327

Herbert Hoover rose to greatness, despite his humble beginnings in a small town in Iowa. On six dates this summer, May 28, June 23, July 21, August 4, August 25, and September 3, living history interpreters will rove the historic grounds and demonstrate crafts, games, music, school teaching, and other activities from life in 19th century West Branch.

Enjoy Fun and Games on May 28 and August 25 with games like croquet, pass the laugh, buzz, and game of the graces. Get involved with the daily chores and the Lives of the Settlers on June 23 and August 4. A Musical Celebration on July 21 and September 3. Join a celebration with live musicians and music demonstrations. The events run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and take place near the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage.

A new feature of this year’s events is West Branch, 1879, a guided living history tour of the historic grounds and buildings. Archibald Lucas, a fictional character from 1879 shows you the town as its historic residents may have seen it. The guided living history tours meet in the Visitor Center Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 a.m., and 1:00 a.m. There will be no guided tours during Hooverfest on August 4.

For more information about the Living History events, call Herbert Hoover National Historic Site at (319) 643-2541 or the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association at (319) 643-5327. The events are a collaboration of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, and Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 of I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

Did You Know?

Black and white photo of Herbert Hoover as an infant.

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